by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)

Have you seen but a whyte Lilie grow
Language: English 
Have you seen but a [whyte]1 Lilie grow
before rude hands had touch'd it;
Have you mark'd but the fall of the snow
before the [Earth]2 hath smucht it.
Have you felt the wool of [Beaver]3,
Or Swansdown ever;
or have smelt of the Bud of the Bryer,
Or the Nard in the fire;
Or have tasted the Bag of the Bee;
O so whyte, O so soft, O so sweet, so sweet,
so sweet is she!
O so whyte, O so soft, O so sweet,
so sweet, so sweet is she!

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1 Maconchy: "bright"
2 Maconchy: "soil"
3 Maconchy: "the Beaver"

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Line count: 13
Word count: 92